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who will be right there with you fighting every step of the way. of course, the obama white house and democrats broadly, have almost always supported the pro choice side of women's reproductive health argument. almost always. since 2010, republicans, particularly in the states but also in congress have made anti-abortion legislating made it one of their top priorities in governing. democrats have a decision to make. democrats the last couple of years had to decide what they would do. would they say with the kind of silent partner they had been for a long time or step up and let their position be known more loudly? they have stepped up more loudly. more publicly, in a way they haven't been comfortable doing in a long time. and today the president putting a cap stone on that when he became the first ever sitting president to address planned parenthood. joining us is president of planet parenthood of america and action fund. thank you for being here. how important is it to have the sitting president address planned parenthood and why has it not happened before? >> i don't know why it
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quickly tell you. the obama white house, is going to say the market settled under a stewardship, must be all our stimulus and spending. you say what? >> the disparity between the rich and poor is going to keep growing. that's the underlie political story. i'm going to a lot of money and you are but the factory worker is not. >> neil: people he calls, if they don't return the call, there's hell to pay. mike wallace, he is italian. >> anybody remember this? >> these cuts are not smart, they're not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> the sequester is harmful. >> they'll add hundreds of thousands of americans to he up employment role. >> workers up employment benefits are reduced and cut back. >> the unemployment rate might tick up again. >> i love it. i'm the only one who gets it. we're still waiting because by the government's numbers, that sequestration, i'm still waiting. the latest employment data, put ting putting putting the kabash on the sequestration, and little more than to rounding errors. now, it took -- in march when we didn't see the impact, democrats say, you just wait unt
. >>> and d.c. comics. president obama casts a vote for comedy at this weekend's white house correspondents' dinner. >> take the sequester. republicans fell in love with this thing, and now they can't stop talking about how much they hate it. it's like we're trapped in a taylor swift album. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, april 29th, 2013. >>> good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm vinita nair. we begin this morning into the investigation of the boston marathon bombings. investigators are still trying to determine if the suspects acted alone. the chairman of the house intelligence committee, chairman mike rogers, says persons of interest are being sought, meanwhile the mother is coming under close scrutiny. during a wiretapped phone conversation with her older son, she's heard discussing jihad. ines ferre reports. >> reporter: lawmakers are questioning whether the boston bombing suspects may have had training from terrorists. the chairman of the homeland security system says the tsarnaev brothers used weapons similar to pakistan, afghanistan, and
of senator mcconnell, he was the butt of a joet by president obama at this weekend's white house correspondents' dinner >>> some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell. >>> the kentucky republican's campaign tweeted this picture of a senator at a bar with a beer sitting next to an empty stool with with a glass of red wine. no word if the president plans to take him up on that drink. that's your morning's dish of scrambled politics >>> parts of eastern iowa are dealing with severe weather, hail ranging from pea size to two inches fell in waterloo causing millions of dollars of damage to cars. that hail left covering that in some places looked more like snow. speaking of snow, this is bill karins with the weather. >>> you know what's coming. >> it is almost may. give me a break. >> it was so nice in some areas of the country. it wasn't very nice from d.c. to southern new england. we are looking at a warm end of april in the middle of the country and t
performance at the white house correspondents kinner mr. obama earned a new title -- comedian in chief. here's a sampling. >> the problem is that the media landscape is changing so rapidly. yo can't keep up with it. ieĆ³ean when buzz feed was just something i did in college around 2:00 a.m. it's true.i; recently though i found a new favorite source for political news. these guys are gret. i think everybody here should check it out. they tell it like it is. called whitehouse.gov. i can not get enough of it. fact is i really do respect the press. i recognize that the press and i have different jobs to do. my job is to be president, your job is to keep me humble. frankly, i think i'm doing my job part of the problem is everybody is so cynical. i mean we're con feeding cynicism suspicion, conspiracies. you remember a few months ago, my administration put out a photograph of me going skeet remember that? and quite a number of people insisted that this had been photo shopped. but tonight i have something to confess. you were right. guys can we show them the actual photo? we
of america. >>> and president obama's speech at the white house correspondent dinner was a big hit at home. but a bigger hit in china. the president's speech has amassed some 25 million views where it's complete with chinese subtitles. that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> the calendar says it's may. but parts of the midwest are dealing with winter-like weather. bill karins is here with more. what gives? >> i have to think what is below pond scum. the goldfish, where you had to clean the glass in the fish tank. >> i'm going to get myself in trouble. >> this snow, that's a bad word in its own right. 28 degrees right now in cheyenne, wyoming, and snowing. denver was 39 last hour. and now, down to 36. and you're heading in the wrong direction. and the snow will break out in denver, as we go throughout the morning hours. again, we're only expecting somewhere -- only. only about three to six inches in denver. that's going to be enough to cause some headaches. any higher elevations or the elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. where is this all heading? it's going to snow i
: now president obama personally called jason collins to express his support. a white house aide said mr. obama was impressed by his courage. first lady michelle obama tweeted "we've got your back." john and diana? >> all right, deavin, what's net for collins? does he intend to keep playing? >> reporter: he plays for the washington wizards, now a free agent. it's still unclear whether a team will pick him up for next season, but collins says he's ready to play and that all this attention will motivate him to work harder. john and diana. >> all right, devin dwyer in washington, thank you. >>> there is, of course, much more to the story. that exclusive interview with jason collins coming up on "good morning america." >>> all right, now to the latest in the boston bombing. investigators have discovered female dna on one of the bombs used in the attack. >> sources say it's still unclear whether it is from a victim of the attack, someone who handled components of the bomb before it was put together or someone who helped build that bomb. the fbi wants to take dna evidence from the widow of tam
of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas >>> good evening. from new york i'm chris hayes. thank you for joining us. truly amazing stuff to cover tonight. how wild conspiracies are causing an absolute gun frenzy in this country and how washington politicians are legitimizing them. and a state so out of control, citizens are willing to go to jail to protest the laws. you might remember this bit of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas
this bit of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas >>> good evening. from new york i'm chris hayes. thank you for joining us. truly amazing stuff to cover tonight. how wild conspiracies are causing an absolute gun frenzy in this country and how washington politicians are legitimizing them. and a state so out of control, citizens are willing to go to jail to protest the laws. you might remember this bit of comedy from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas in "the american president." i know michael's here tonight. michael, what's your secret, man? could it be that you were an actor in an aaron sorkin liberal fantasy? some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get
. the white house now reports president obama spoke over the phone with the russian president, putin, voicing turn about the rogue nation's possible use of chemical weapons. both leaders agreed to stay in close consultation. the white house has not verify identified conclusively whether syria crossed any redline by possibly unleashing chemical weapons on its own people. >> the united nations has a team ready to deploy to syria within 24 to 48 hours. if assad allows that team in and follows through on his stated commitment and interest in having this matter investigated. >> shepard: the defense secretary, chuck hagel, announced last week that intelligence concluded with varying degrees of confidence the syrian regime had used chemical weapons, including nerve gar -- gaspar rein. president obama said that would be a game-changer if through. jennifer griffin is at the passenger. what does the u.s. military plan to do if they need to? >> the pentagon and central command presented plans to white months ago. many feel the president painted himself in the corner talk about a red line. >> we're conti
submitted tens of thousands of signatures to the white house asking for president obama to get directly involved personally to fix the problem. now as of today a huge majority of the senate, 67 senators, have written to the president, calling for the same thing. they're asking for the president to take, quote, direct action and involvement to end the va backlog, saying our joy at their return must be reflected in commitment to helping all who served. we respectfully ask you to find a solution that ensures that no veterans are stuck in the va backlog. 67 senators. 67! everybody from dick durbin and tammy baldwin to john cornyn and orrin hatch. 67 senators asking for the president to wade into this problem at the va. this is one to watch in terms of the white house response to this especially, and it is especially one to watch because at the same time this is happening up on capitol hill, yet more top people at the va are all of a sudden out of a job. the chief technology officer left last month, then chief of staff at the agency left as well. the chief information officer also left last
got into the associated press's account and tweeted, breaking two explosions at the white house, barack obama injured. that tweet was up for few minutes before the account was suspended, but the market responded in an instant. look at the drop. the dow fell about 145 points or 1%. even though the market bounced right back it was a scary drop for investors. experts say over the past few month, we have seen the number of cyberattacks sky rocket and the biggest threat the biggest target our banks. according to a new verizon report about 37% of information breaches were aimed at financial organizations. i want to bring in allen, director of research at the cybersecurity training organization. we watched two men shut down boston for days. that's a visible face of terrorism. the invisible, the countless hits from hackers all over the world every single day. how real is the threat of cyberterrorism? >> it's very real. in saudi arabia cyberterrorists took out 30,000 computers, just destroyed them. so it's physical damage being done but the real worry right now is fi
. the mane stream media as president obama said in white house corresondents dinner i'm proud to be all of you because all of you voted for me. >> they cheered obama when he said it. >> john mccain did a joke how the media was his base. it was a joke. >> reality, as you know, the data all show this by four or five to one margin supported obama in 2008, not mccain. mccain had a base among the media until he ran for president which it collapsed. >> difference whether or not people in the media reported him and influenced reporting. those are two different things. jon: we're getting a big wrap from you two guys. >> i don't blame him. jon: always fun being in the middle of your arguments. alan colmes, jim pinkerton, thank you. jenna: scare us a little bit here. nba player, veteran of the league jason collins is making headlines. julie banderas is with the "fox 411.". >> could lines says i'm a 34-year-old nba center and i'm black and gay. coming out boldly, the world and worldwide web reacting first active openly gay pro athlete after making front page of "sports illustrated". the 34-year-ol
the white house. president obama will hold a news conference in about 9 minutes from now. it is slated for 10:15 eastern time. there is so much to cover. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom." a bit of a surprise. martha: a news conference coming up in a while. good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. there is whole host of issues the president could address but one would think the situation in syria would be front and center. bill: we have wendell goler on the north lawn. wendell, what is this all about? >> reporter: last time the president held a solo news conference was mid-january. his aides said he wowed them at correspondents dinner but didn't take questions. so he is due. he will take questions about 10:15 or so. as you say syria likely to dominate the list of questions and whether or not the president has backed away from his warning to bashar al-assad using chemical weapons could cross a red line. his aides now say the president wants definitive proof of the two alleged occasions where chemical weapons were used last month. u.s. intelligence agencies are not a
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himself at the white house. earlier this week president obama hosted the third annual white house science fair. 100 student innovators from across the nation celebrated science technology, engineering, and math helping the president stay true to his 2009 promise of highlighting achievements in these areas. the same way that he would with an ncaa basketball championship. now, have you ever seen one of these? it's called a thermofyer. what is this thing you ask? well, i have its creator and this week's foot soldier 19-year-old anthony hallman here from chicago to explain. how are you this morning, anthony? >> hi, melissa. how are you? >> pretty good. >> tell me about the thermofyer. what is it? >> it's a pacifier with a built in thermometer. this is the off and on button and it has a digital display of the temperature. when the light is off, that means nothing is wrong and it has a one minute reading. when the light starts glowing such as this color right here, the orange color, that means that the baby's temperature is too high and it's in case the baby might have a flu. >> anthony, as soo
obama is getting great reviews for his performance at saturday's white house correspondents'dinner. >> some people don't think i spent enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell? >> i think that was my favorite. behind the jokes, that one, there's a lot of truth behind what he was saying. as always, the punch line carries the message. >>> let me finish tonight with the hawks. two-step dance to sell american wars we shouldn't get into. they're familiar. and this is "hardball." the place for politics. [ male announcer ] at charles schwab, we've committed to setting the bar high by going low. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 like offering schwab etfs tdd# 1-800-345-2550 with the lowest operating expenses tdd# 1-800-345-2550 in their respective lipper categories -- tdd# 1-800-345-2550 lower than ishares tdd# 1-800-345-2550 and vanguard. tdd# 1-800-345-2550 and with all our etfs commission-free tdd# 1-800-345-2550 when traded online in a schwab account, tdd# 1-800-345-2550 it leaves our investors
obama is getting great reviews for his performance at saturday's white house correspondents' dinner. >> some people don't think i spent enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell? >> i think that was my favorite. behind the jokes, that one, there's a lot of truth behind what he was saying. as always, the punch line carries the message. >>> let me finish tonight with the hawks. two-step dance to sell american wars we shouldn't get into. they're familiar. and this is "hardball." the place for politics. i describe myself as a mother, a writer and a performer. i'm also a survivor of ovarian and uterine cancers. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me. if you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer, be brave, go to the doctor. ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers. symptoms are not the same for everyone. i got sick...and then i got better. >>> pennsylvania's republican governor tom corbe
. carter who was critic of bushes gave gracious comments. obama who heretofore has not said much nice about the predecessor even if n the white house several unveiling the official portrait said very few things about the president. gave expanse i and generous and gracious comments. also that was interesting at the private lunch following event, president obama threw out a line that was a great line. i suspect it would have been better if he used it publicly. he said i learned a lot from the predecessor, once you get in the job, you understand how difficult the job really is. i learned how difficult it is to throw out the ball, the first pitch of a game. and how hard it is to ride a bike. from my predecessor. it was a note of humility and humor and graciousness. >> bill: good. glad to hear that. glad to hear that. you heard the barney frank interview. i wanted to get your opinion on why you think the president doesn't say the words "islamic jihad." know it was the motivator for the two to go up and kill an 8-year-old boy, three other americans and wound 200. but barack obama simply will not
time. today 166 remain. bill plante asks the question that made news today. he's at the white house now. bill? >> reporter: scott, when barack obama was running for president in 2008, he vowed to close the u.s. prison in guantanamo bay cuba, a promise he did not keep. today he blamed congress. and with many of the prisoners there on that hunger strike that you mentioned, he said he'd try again. >> is it any surprise really that they would prefer death rather than have no end in sight to their confinement? >> it is not a surprise to me that we have problems in guantanamo. it is expensive. it is inefficient. it hurts us in terms of our international standing. it lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts. it is a recruitment tool for extremists. it needs to be closed. i'm going to go back at this and i'm going to reengage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that is in the best interest of the american people. >> meanwhile you continue to force feed these folks. >> i don't want these individuals to die. obviously the pentagon is trying to
. president obama has said crossing that line would be a game changer. well, now critics are calling the country's credibility into question, while the white house still wants more evidence. nbc's tracie potts has details now from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: hi, betty, good morning. and more from syria's state news agency this morning, its prime minister convoy was attacked in damascus. the prime minister said to be okay. varying reports of deaths and injuries from that attack. but it does underscore the seriousness of the violence there and why some here in washington want to act quickly. amateur video from syria, the fighting getting worse. and now the u.s. has some evidence syria's government may have used chemical weapons on its own people. president obama had called that a red line for action. now he's cautious. >> knowing that potentially chemical weapons have been used inside of syria doesn't tell us when they were used, how they were used. >> reporter: there's pressure from capitol hill to act, soon. >> for america to sit on the sidelines and do nothing is
options that the white house has been considering. president obama has been very careful in terms of not really talking about those options that are under consideration. tonight that changed and he said he is not at this point considering putting boots on the ground. using the term, he does not foresee putting boots on the ground in syria. the president has to some extent boxed him in. he said of course if syria uses chem weapons that would be a red line. the white house saying they believe chemical weapons were used but there are still too many questions about the origin of the weapons. president obama not ready to say how he is going to proceed when it comes to syria. so again we are still trying to get reaction to the israeli airstrike. >> andrea, you mentioned before john kerry is in moscow, on a trip specifically with the intent of trying to move forward diplomatically on presenting a u united front, to avoid further military escalation, to avoid a regional conflict. the chief on stek sell russia which is course with the assad regime, as well as iran. how does it change the n
48% since president obama took over the white house. we've gone from 32 million to 47 million. almost 48 million. and we're gaining about 80,000 every month signing up. net new claimants for food stamps 80,000 a month even though we're told the economy is recovering. what's going on? >>brian: you know what the president would say? the president would say i inherited a mess. government was tanking -- excuse me, the economy was tanking. people were losing jobs, so, therefore, i've got to prop them up. >> this is a flashpoint in the debate of takers versus makers, taxpayers paying no taxpayers. at a point where we've got a trillion-dollar a year deficit, spending money we don't have, surely we should be doing something about this expanding food stamp program. >>brian: something you're going to be talking about? >> yes. we're going to get another stock market rally because ben bernanke is printing up a storm. >>steve: three hours now over in fox business, this man is going to take the stage. >> tell you all about making money, baby. >>brian: coming up straight head. >>gretchen: general sh
connell striking back at president obama's jabs at the white house correspondents dinner at this invite for a drink. the president joked he can't reach out to republicans because mcconnell wouldn't be a good drinking buddy. mcconnell said i'm shocked. he's obviously not seen my soft side and responded by tweeting this photo from a jar with an empty chair and a red glass for the empty chair. looks like mcconnell has a beer in front of him. >>brian: the joke at the white house correspondents dinner when people said you have a beer with mitch mcconnell. >>steve: meanwhile, headlines. imagine hearing your flight attendant saying brace for impact. that's happened. >> alert information. cabin pressure loss. >>steve: i hate it when they say 102 souls on board. that happened on a frontier airlines jet yesterday as it cruised over the rocky mountains. >> we dropped quite significantly and we were like, we were getting closer and closer to the mountain. >> he put us in position and said there will be a crash. >>steve: the pilot was able to turn that plane around and landed safely in denver. we still don't kn
, a defiant president obama says the u.s. won't be intimidated by bombings in boston. in a news conference over at the white house just a little while ago the president was asked whether people should be afraid of attending large gatherings after the attack at the boston marathon, and he said, absolutely not. >> we're not going to stop living our lives because warped individuals try to intimidate us. we're going to do what we do which is go to work, raise our kids, go to ball games, run in marathons, and at the same time, we're going to make sure that everybody's cooperating and is vigilant and doing everything we can without being naive to try to prevent attacks from happening in the future the president defended the fbi's handling of the bombing investigation. we'll have much more on that, including a republican senator's response. that's coming up in 15 minutes. >>> now to the other suspected boston bomber whose voice we are hearing for the first time, two weeks after his death. we're hearing tamerlan tsarnaev speak at a pretty eerie experience. entertainment tonight got its hands on ne
from the white house correspondents dinner on saturday night when president obama joked about the criticism of not working with republicans more. >> maureen dowd said i could solve all my problems if i were just more like michael douglas in "the american president." i know michael's here tonight. michael, what's your secret, man? could it be that you were an actor in an aaron sorkin liberal fantasy? some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell. >> today the president sent washington reporters scrambling with the surprise announcement of a press conference, his first since march and took a more serious tone, though the theme was familiar, repeatedly asked about the first hundred days of his second term and his failure to avert the sequester or passing a gun bill, the president disabued reporters that he has some sort of magic power that he refuses to use that will alter public behavior. >> you seem to suggest somehow these folks over there have no
with president obama at the white house right now. he is naming the mayor of charlotte, north carolina, a beautiful town, as his pick to be the next secretary of transportation. a white house official tells fox that anthony fox was tapped for the job in part because he has successfully overseen a rapid growth in his city's infrastructure since becoming mayor in 2009. if you would like to, you can watch that teaming live on foxnews.com. your other news source >>> on capitol hill, republicans senators say they can save taxpayers $30 billion by cutting what they call waste and fraud from the food stamp program. they want to block the reported purchases of things like cigarettes, liquor, and ipads to which some democrats are now accusing the gop of wanting to, quote, hurt our kids. mike emmanuel has more. mike? >> hi. the republican lawmakers behind this legislation want to take a closer look at the explosion in the number of people receiving food stamps, nearly 16 million people added in recent years and the growth and the amount of spending on the program. they are argue if you cut waste
cancer travelled to the white house, recently spend some time in the oval office with president obama. >>> ahead on "starting point," something rarely seen, just a few hours ago a queen an dickating her throne in favor of her son. why? we're live in amsterdam with the ceremony and the details. then intelligence agencies have been accused of dropping the ball by not intercepting one of the boston bombing suspects. a new frontline investigation of what federal agencies are doing to keep us safe from terror attacks. it yellows over time. when it comes to your smile, if you're not whitening, you're yellowing. crest whitestrips whiten as well as $500 professional treatments. guaranteed. crest 3d white whitestrips. guaranteed. i'm also a survivor of ovarian a writand uterine cancers. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me. if you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer, be brave, go to the doctor. ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers. symptoms are not the same for everyone. i got sic
life in prison. robin? >> one bizarre twist after another. >> that is a stiff penalty. >>> to the white house, where president obama is facing new calls for military action in syria, after releasing evidence last week that the assad regime has used chemical weapons. abc's jon karl is tracking that from the white house. the white house is considering stepping up military involvement if the evidence is confirmed. >> reporter: that's right, george. the official line is that all options are on the table. but senior officials have made it clear that ground troops are not going to happen. they're looking at arming the rebels, targeted air strikes or a no-fly zone. i wouldn't expect to see any of these any time soon. the evidence needs to be corroborated. even once that happens this is a white house that is determined not to rush into any stepped-up military involvement. >> it could take several weeks. >>> on a much lighter note, the white house correspondents' dinner over the weekend. the president is really honing his standup skills. take a look. >> i understand, second term, need a burst of
there. martha if. martha: president obama is set to tap the mayor of charlotte, north carolina to run the transportation department. his name is anthony foxx. a white house official says that announcement could come later today. earlier this month, mayor foxx announced he would not seek reelection for mayor of charlotte. he wanted to spend more time with his children. he will be the first african-american nominee in the president's second cabinet. maybe spend more time in washington with them there. bill: but he has got his hands full with the transportation thing and security we talked about. martha: big job. bill: furloughs and all that stuff. martha: yeah. bill: just getting rolling, folks on a monday. there is dangerous flooding affecting more than a dozen states already and more rain is in the forecast. we'll show you where and how bad it is and how bad might be for millions of people. martha: look at this. a powerful explosion in a busy city center. we'll tell you what caused this. plus, you remember the white house says if syria crosses or uses chemical weapons that would be a
chuck hagel said the obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming syrian rebels and has said the white house has not made a final decision. in other words, how do you feel about this? it comes after the white house told lawmakers if believes syria used chemical weapons on its own people but they're not sure. that's what they said last week. president obama said that be a game-changer, which has not changed. jennifer griffin at the pentagon. what is the context here? is this a big deal or offhanded remark or what? >> well, shepard, no. i think he actually indicated where the white house and the pentagon -- where their thoughts are right now. the white house and pentagon are essentially looking at three options. they're looking to set up a no-fly zone, or limited air strikes or arming the rebels or in combination. defense secretary hagel said, standing next to the british defense secretary, gave an indication which way the white house and pentagon are leaning. >> you are rethinking -- the administration is rethinking its opposition to arming the rebels. >> yes. >> today, a
in hopes of gaining world sympathy. as we mentioned at the white house, president obama told reporters today that the possible use of chemical weapons in syria remains a so-called game changer. and the president did not rule out any action in response to this news. >> that would be an escalation in our view of the threat to the security of the international community, our allies, and the united states, and that means that there is some options we might not otherwise exercise that we would -- that we would strongly consider. >> and -- >> want to talk about syria and the potential u.s. response here as we go forward. fred pleitgen is standing by in damascus and barbara starr at the pentagon. barbara, i want to come to you in a minute. first, fred, tell me what you're seeing in the capital city today, and what are conditions like there? >> reporter: hi, brooke. i was at that bombing site about 20 minutes after that bombing happened. i can tell you it was a scene of absolute carnage there, there were still wounded being carried out. people are very angry. a lot of them we have been speakin
us about that conversation? >> reporter: yeah, martin. we're learning that from white house officials that that conversation between president obama and president vladimir putin of russia did take place at some point today. the topic of conversations including syria, where the president expressed concerns over syrian chemical weapons. obviously russia would be a critical ally if the u.s. is to pursue some further intervention in terms of the crisis taking place, the civil war in that country. white house officials telling us the president urged there to be close consultations continuing between secretary of state john minister on this very topic. one of many topics the two men spoke about this afternoon. >> pete, given quite understandable reluctance to engage in yet another military conflict, there now some regret that while the administration obviously had a red line in their minds about syria, that they may now regret having said so publicly? >> reporter: i think there may be privately some regret that this is playing out the way that it is. obviously, the fact that that line was d
. at a stop in costa rica on friday, president obama addressed the syrian conflict. major garrett is traveling with the president and joins us from san jose costa rica. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anthony and nancy. white house advisors will not confirm the attack on syria. other top u.s. government officials have confirmed it. the white house knows that israel has attacked syria before back in january and its target then was a convoy of long range missiles. to the much bigger question of whether he would ever send u.s. forces to fight on the ground in the middle of the syrian civil war, president obama here yesterday came as close as he ever has to ruling that out. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in . >> it's a scenario in which bother were on the ground. and, by the way, when i cull with the region the president leave office and stabilizing the situation in syria. they agree with that assessment. >> reporter: the president also said the u.s. is continuing to investigate charges that the syrian regime used weapo
i think one of the reasons why obama went after these high profile things, like air travel and white house tours is because he wanted to try to prove that we just couldn't live without big government. but the irony now is that with the sequester has shown is yes, we can, in fact, live without big government and big spending and secondly, that government is completely screwed up at all levels. they can't set appropriate priorities. there is no common sense in government at all. >> well, look, i don't disagree that we have big problems with our government. we need to rein in spending, taxes, entitlement. we just can't afford big government or bad government. but monica, i think it's actually something a little worse. if i can be so bold. i think the obama administration thought that the sequester would be blamed on the republicans, more pain, more problems for the republicans. it's actually, according to the polls, backfired on the administration and that's why i think there has been some movement towards accommodation from the president and the white house towards reaching a deal. bot
right away. seriously, mr. president, your hair is so white it could be a member of your cabinet. >> tough line. that was conan o'brien as the white house correspondents' dinner taking a jab at president obama over his supposed lack of diversity in his cabinet. today, the president names the first african-american cabinet pick of his second term. he's chosen charlotte, north carolina, mayor anthony fox as his nominee to become the nation's next transportation secretary succeeding ray lahood. angela, a principal at the impact strategies group, angela, thanks very much for coming in. so what's your take on thissugg has not been diverse enough in his selections for his second term cabinet? >> well, wolf, i think as the president has mentioned in several other interviews, this is just the beginning. anthony foxx is certainly a great start in the right direction with his background serving as a mayor of a major metropolitan area and even serving as one of the primary reasons why the dratic national convention went so well i think it's certainly a step in the right direction. >> so you
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